A loan of $300 helped to purchase input items, such as fabric, thread and tape for completing client orders.

Maria Orfanery's story

Maria has endured much hardship in her life, but she has come through these challenges with great strength and a desire to get ahead and provide for her children. Displaced from her hometown, she was forced to move with her husband to the city in search of opportunities for their three children. Several years ago, her husband died, leaving her as a single mother of three children and with the sole responsibility of providing for their educational and basic needs. To generate income, Maria sought out someone who could teach her sewing and seamstress skills, so that she could make a living and support her family. After a time, that same teacher helped Maria to open her own sewing workshop, which is now her source of income and helps her to provide for her children.

Thanks to her hard work and effort, she has increased her customer base and demand for her sewing services, and she hopes that her family's financial situation will continue to improve. While she has high customer demand and a high quantity of orders, she does not have the capital necessary to purchase the raw materials to complete those orders. Therefore, Maria is requesting a loan, which she plans to put towards the purchase of input items, such as fabric, thread and tape for completing customer orders.

Her dream is to expand and grow her business, and to eventually create jobs for other people in her workshop. She also wants to continue to work hard so that she can provide for her children and give them a better quality of life, a better education, and one day a stable home in their own house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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